Invitational Seminar: Reforms in long-term care - Comparing Austria and Germany
 
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 10:00 - 16:30
Seminar Room at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Berggasse 17, 1090 Vienna

Contact: Kai Leichsenring

Objective
20 participants representing public administration, policy-makers, providers, users and the scientific community were invited to exchange information and experiences related to new developments and recent reforms in long-term care in Austria and Germany, with a special focus on dementia strategies and measures to support informal carers.

Presentations (in German only)
The introductory presentations by Austrian and German experts showed the differences and similarities between two countries sharing not only the same language but also a similar welfare regime, based on social insurance. Latest reforms have definitely increased public funding, but long-term care still remains a late-comer in social protection with difficulties to overcome its links to social assistance rationales:
Reforms in long-term care – Differences and similarities between Austria and Germany
Kai Leichsenring, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research
Current challenges and reforms in the area of long-term care in the community – Germany
Hildegard Theobald, University Vechta
The Austrian long-term care system – Current challenges and reforms
Sabine Schrank, Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection


The establishment of ‘Dementia Strategies’ has been a recurrent activity in many European countries over the past decade. Austria presented its strategy ‘Living well with dementia’ in 2016, in Germany several Länder have started to implement their strategies as well, for instance Bavaria. Presentations revealed that the participative processes resulted in the definition of very similar aims in Austria and Bavaria, and a number of initiatives and reform projects could definitely learn from each other, rather than re-inventing the wheel on both sides of the border:
Key aspects of the dementia strategy in Bavaria
Christine Leike, Bavarian Ministry of Health and Care
The Austrian dementia strategy – Living well with dementia
Brigitte Juraszovich, Gesundheit Österreich GmbH


The bulk of long-term care remains being provided by informal and family carers both in Austria and Germany – to a large degree by partners above pension age, but to a large extent also by sons and, mainly, daughters at working-age. Support mechanisms for informal carers who need to combine work and care are therefore key to sustain this invaluable resource. Still, recent reforms in this area show good intentions, but take-up rates of care leave regulations remain rather low and show once more the difficulties in combining life-world needs and requirements of the world of work:
Care leave and family care leave in Germany – Regulations and critical remarks
Sigrid Leitner, Technical University Cologne
Care leaves and leaves for end-of-life care in Austria – Legal regulations
Beate Saurugger, Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection
Payments for care leave in Austria
Erich Ostermeyer, Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection



Downloads
Reforms in long-term care: Differences and similarities between Austria and Germany
pdf, 1211 KB, 2017-05-11

Reforms in long-term care: Current challenges and reforms in the area of long-term care in the community - Germany
pdf, 963 KB, 2017-05-11

Reforms in long-term care: The Austrian long-term care system - Current challenges and reforms
pdf, 2050 KB, 2017-05-11

Reforms in long-term care: Key aspects of the dementia strategy in Bavaria
pdf, 1386 KB, 2017-05-11

Reforms in long-term care: The Austrian dementia strategy - Living well with dementia
juraszovich, 1595 KB, 2017-05-11

Reforms in long-term care: Care leave and family care leave in Germany - Regulations and critical remarks
pdf, 711 KB, 2017-05-11

Reforms in long-term care: Care leaves and leaves for end-of-life care in Austria - Legal regulations
pdf, 98 KB, 2017-05-11

Reforms in long-term care: Payments for care leave in Austria
pdf, 3736 KB, 2017-05-11